Tabiat Bridge

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Tabiat Bridge
Tabiat bridge by Tasnim.jpg
Coordinates 35°45′N 51°25′E / 35.75°N 51.42°E / 35.75; 51.42Coordinates: 35°45′N 51°25′E / 35.75°N 51.42°E / 35.75; 51.42
CrossesModares Expressway
LocaleTehran, Iran
Official namePole Tabiat
Websitewww.tabiatbridge.com
Characteristics
DesignFootbridge
History
DesignerLeila Araghian
Contracted lead designerDiba Tensile Architecture
Construction start2010
Construction end2014
Tabiat Bridge designed by Leila Araghian, Alireza Behzadi, Sahar Yasaei- ref: Diba Tensile Architecture
a view of Tehran Tabiat Bridge - ref: Diba Tensile Architecture

The Tabi'at Bridge (Persian: Pole Tabiat‎ literally meaning: Nature Bridge) is the largest pedestrian overpass Tehran, Iran. The 270-metre (890 ft) bridge connects two public parks — Taleghani Park and Abo-Atash Park — by spanning Modarres Expressway, one of the main highways in northern Tehran.[1] The word tabiat means "nature" in the Persian language.[1][2]

The bridge was designed by Diba Tensile Architecture (Leila Araghian and Alireza Behzadi).[1] It has won several awards, including the Popular Choice Prize for Highways & Bridges from the Architizer A+ Awards, a global architectural competition based in New York,[3][4] and the 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture.[5]

History[edit]

Tabiat Bridge was designed by Leila Araghian as part of a local competition for the design of a bridge to connect two parks in north Tehran which were separated by a highway.[6] In designing the bridge, a process which took a total of a year, Araghian wanted it to "be a place for people to stay and ponder, not simply pass."[6] To achieve this the bridge is not straight and contains benches and seating.[4]

Construction of the bridge started in 2010, using a total of 2000 tonnes of steel and 10000 cubic metres of concrete before it was finished in October 2014.[4] Construction of the bridge over a large highway was described as a big challenge, with platforms and temporary tunnels built to ensure that nothing fell onto the road below.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Tabiat Pedestrian Bridge / Diba Tensile Architecture", ArchDaily, 17 November 2014.
  2. ^ Tabiat Bridge/ Diba Tensile Architecture dibats.com.
  3. ^ 2015 Architizer A+ Awards Winners: Typology Winners Archived 2014-05-23 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ a b c d Ted Regencia (16 April 2015). "The award-winning bridge connecting Iranians". Al Jazeera. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  5. ^ "/ Aga Khan 2016 Award for Tabiat Bridge/ Diba Tensile Architecture"
  6. ^ a b Saeed Kamali Dehghan (20 April 2015). "Take it to the bridge: the Tehran architect striking the right chord in Iran and beyond". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 September 2015.

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Coordinates: 35°45′16″N 51°25′13″E / 35.7545°N 51.4204°E / 35.7545; 51.4204